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In the next 10 days, I’ll grow stronger

September 7, 2017

In the next 10 days, I’ll grow stronger. As a mother, as a woman, and as a human being, I’ll be stronger.

I live with my in-laws. Kaden, Josh, Andrea, Tyler and I live with my in-laws, in Korea, in a villa that is 4 levels high. I know I know, it’s the typical “Korean style” of living. Living with the in-laws, with children and living in a 3 bedroom small place. But really, it’s not that typical life.

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Why I went from “trying Veganism” back to “eating meat”

September 6, 2017

As most of you might already know, I love food. I love to eat, I love to cook and I love to show off the food. About four years ago, before having Andrea, I wanted to try Veganism. I wanted to apply it to my diet, the products I used and whatever else I could apply it to. The main reason I started was that of the culture shock I got when I came to live in Korea.

In Korea, there is a thing called BO SHIN TANG. It’s dog meat soup.

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Coffee

July 24, 2017

When coffee is a MUST.

Literally, there are days when you just want to drink a full liter of coffee.

Today is one of those days. I couldn’t sleep well last night, I woke up every three hours to breastfeed Tyler. Josh slept next to me and he would move around so much I had to literally lift him up and put him back. My legs felt like they were going to fall off. My arms felt like they were going to break every time I had to lift Tyler up. During the last feeding, I stayed up during the whole time in between feedings and to sleep when Tyler slept after 8 am. My routine has been messed up even before giving birth to Tyler and now it’s even worse.

I usually drink a cup of coffee during the morning. Right when I wake up, I usually have a cup during breakfast or I drink a cup between 10 am – 11:30 am. During the last couple of days, I’ve had to drink another cup during the afternoon, so that I can try and stay awake.

Three kids and a house that’s the size of a high school classroom doesn’t really satisfy everyone’s needs. The only way we can all stay alive and be mentally fit is if we go somewhere during the day or if the kids all nap at the same time. Now that the kids are on summer break, it’s even worse. Just typing this makes me want to close my eyes and sleep right now.

When I had Josh and when it was just the two of us during the day, Josh would play, eat when it was time to eat and sleep really well. He didn’t really give me a hard time. His tantrums didn’t really start until he turned two and now that I look back, he was just a really good baby. Andrea, on the other hand, was really a sensitive baby. She didn’t sleep during the day, she didn’t sleep during the evenings too. She wanted to be held all the time and she would want a feeding every 1.5 to 2 hours. She cried so much that her voice was gone by week 3. Doesn’t that just say it all? A baby, 3 weeks old, losing her voice cause she cried so much. She was breastfed until 22 months and she didn’t sleep through the night until she was about 18 months old. Going through two totally different kids, Tyler is like an angel. Doesn’t really cry much. Would feed, play a bit and then sleep. He’s two months old and already he sleeps through the night. Only cries when he wants to be held right before a nap. Isn’t really fussy at all and sleeps so well it’s amazing.

But with two other kids running around during the day (even though they go to bed around 8 pm) Tyler can’t get much sleep during the day with all the noise. It’s like he can only get good solid sleep during the night when the whole world is quiet. With an infant in my arms and two kids running around or fighting all the time, it’s like life is a big mess. A big gigantic MESS BALL.

And that’s why I need my coffee. A good cup of coffee every morning so that my mind won’t get thrown into the trash. It might not exactly be COFFEE that keeps me together but I’d like to think that it is. Because during those few minutes that I get to drink my coffee, I get to just focus on that one cup of coffee and nothing else. Thanks to my mother in law.

Uh, I feel like after this, I’ll need another cup.

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The Blind Side

June 20, 2017

Today I sat on the cold floor of our room, in the corner, watching my infant sleep in his crib, going back and forth between him and my small little iPhone, I watched the movie “The Blind Side”.

I remember seeing the preview for this movie and I remember thinking to myself how an obvious, touching movie this would be. It would probably just be one of those movies where a white, rich and smart woman helps out a poor black boy. Well, I thought wrong. This movie opened my mind, it opened my thoughts and made me think.

This woman opened doors for this young man, took him in (in her house literally) and changed his life. She became his legal guardian, basically adopted him and made sure he got a chance in everything a young person deserved. A chance in things most kids take granted. Education, a home, a family. LOVE.

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As I watched the ending credit for this movie, I thought to myself..

What can I do for my children?

What door can I open for my children?

Am I a good parent?

Am I a good person?

Am I doing the right thing?

So many questions came up on my mind, I asked myself so many questions but couldn’t answer one of them. Not a single question. I couldn’t answer a single question. It was like I was taken into “zone out mode” and just kept asking these questions to myself that I couldn’t even answer.

I have been thinking Josh a lot lately. He’s changed. Like all kids, he’s changed since going to kindergarten in Korea. AND I HATE IT. I hate how he talks and acts. Why? Korean kids have this tone of voice that they ALL DO. Josh was doing it. He sang like all the other kids, he talked like all the other kids and he was turning into… well.. this kid that seemed so… NOT MY JOSH. The innocent, sweet and charming child that was always so bright and charming was changing into .. well.. just one of those other Korean kids that always asked weird questions, talked in the bit rude tone of voice and was getting very annoying. It was like I had some control over Josh in Singapore but now in Korea I didn’t. It was like.. I don’t know he just seemed so distant. It was as if I had no control over him. Not that I’m trying to make him into anything but my thoughts and standards are still pretty firm.

As I had Josh and as hi turned one, I promised myself that I would 1. always be there for my child not matter what, 2. make sure they live in a good, clean environment and 3. always be loved.

No this list is getting longer. I feel like I have number 4 and the numbers keep rising. I want them to be able to run around freely, I want them to be able to choose what they want to do and how to do it. I want them to be able to live freely and have the brains to choose wisely. I want them to have a good education and I want them to be able to enjoy life.

While watching this movie, I found myself thinking…

“what in the world am I doing to make sure this so called list is achieved?”

This woman was already successful, she had a great house, a GREAT outfit and lived the ideal successful life. She already had everything to be able to PROVIDE to others. Not that this movie was about her and her success but it made me think AGAIN, do I have to make lots of money to be able to give my children those same options? Do I have to be successful and have a “place” in life where my voice will be heard and noticed?

Hmm…

As I sat on the floor and watched this movie on my iPhone, all these things came up in my mind and I could only come up with one conclusion.

GOD.

Money could probably help my kids, a title on a slick business card could probably help my kids but it all came down to that one word, GOD.

People say the phrase “Good lord, help me. Oh my God please (blah blah blah)” so I decided to rely on my God and pray for my kids. Pray for them and pray for me. So that I could hear God’s voice when he talks to me and make sure that I take his lead. Make sure I listen to him and be careful not to drive my kids crazy. Cause I know in some situations I’m going to have conflict and want to make them into something I want them to be, not what they want to be.

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“Really Really”

June 12, 2017

I used to love to listen to K-Pop. It was like one of those things that I just HAD TO DO. As if it was something I was obligated to do I would download the top 100 songs every week, and listen to every single song. I would look up the lyrics and memorize each song.

No one told me to do this, no one pressured me to memorize the songs but I did it.

To keep up with the “new generation”. I didn’t want to be the girl who didn’t know any of the songs.

I wanted to be the girl who sang many many popular songs at karaoke.

But as soon as I got married and had kids, that all just slipped away. It was just something stupid. It was a waste of time and it was meaningless to me.

But once in a while, when I would come across a song or two on the street I would want to download the songs and listen.

Usually, I listen to classical music, praise songs or just pop. But once in a while, I would hear a song on the street from one of the stores that are blasting the audio and download K-Pop songs to listen to. WINNER’s empty was one of them and now…

WINNER’s REALL REALLY is another one of the songs that have made me click the download button and drag into my iTunes library.

I guess WINNER is a K-Pop group that’s on the top of my list.

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A TWOSOME PLACE COLD BREW | 투썸플래이스 콜드브루 원액

April 5, 2017

I seriously have NO idea why they named this coffee shop ” A Twosome Place”. Is it just me that thinks this name is weird???

When I first mentioned this to Kaden, Kaden said to me that this coffee shop was a pretty famous place. I was like, “WHAT?!”.

But now, I’m used to it. It’s still weird to me. But I’m used to the fact that it’s a weird name and it’s a bit less weird if you say it shortened in the Korean way that everyone in Korea says it. Everyone just calls it Twosome. As in 투썸. Which does seem a bit better cause the word twosome does mean a pair or a pair of people together. I just think putting “A” and “Place” before and after is a bit awkward. It’s like saying it’s “a pair of people place”. I don’t know, maybe I’m just really weird.

Anyways, when I first went to Twosome, I fell in love with their cakes. Their cakes were not too sweet but soooooo delicious that every time Kaden and I would go to this “place’ for coffee, I would order a slice of cake no matter how full I was. I would try a different slice every time I went and would want more. It was like one slice was never enough. Then I fell in love with their Royal Milk Tea. It was the best milk tea I had tried (hot or iced it didn’t matter) and a slice of cake with a cup of milk tea would just be the best treat for me.

I was a “Starbucks Girl” if you know what I mean. I would always drink Starbucks coffee when I was out and nothing else. Well, if I was in Canada then I would either have Starbucks or Tim Hortons. When I first came to Korea, there wasn’t a Starbucks near my place. There was only “A Twosome Place” and a local small coffee shop that a lady ran by herself. So I really didn’t have a choice on my way to work. Then after I moved in with Kaden, I went back to Starbucks. It was like I had returned home.

Now, it’s back to Twosome. There isn’t a Starbucks near my in-law’s place, but there is a Twosome. Recently, when Kaden and I went to have some coffee. We found out that they had a new menu called the Cold Brew coffee. It was the best black coffee we had tried in a while.

So when we heard that they sold the extract of the cold brew coffee for 14000 won KRW, we bought a bottle and brought it home.

This bottle of the coffee extract is good for 6 months in the fridge and is easy to make. Mix the ratio at 1:4, the extract 1 and water 4.

I love the flavor of this coffee so much that I want to drink two cups a day. I try and hold back, though. If you’ve tried this already, you probably already know that there’s a hint of chocolate flavor in this coffee. I love that. It’s not the sweet chocolate taste but the scent of cocoa. The coffee itself is very bold but very smooth and is really easy to drink. Very rich in flavor but not too strong and bitter.

This cold brew coffee from Twosome is right now, currently, my favorite coffee and I wish I could send some to Canada for my friends to try.

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Alone Time

January 15, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve sat at a coffee shop, alone, just me, with earphones on and just focused on my blog or something along that matter. With my own music on, I’ve been sitting at this coffee shop with a cup of cappuccino (obviously no sugar) changing the colours of my blog and planning out what projects I’m going to be participating in this year.

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Macbook Pro

December 17, 2016

My Christmas present this year is a Macbook Pro 13 inch.

I love the fact that I now have a laptop to work on!!! YAY!!!! Finally! After more than two years without a Mac, my blogging and literally my LIFE had changed. Things were uncomfortable on a PC and Windows wasn’t so friendly. I now know I am addicted to MACs and the OS system of a MAC.

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KBK

September 20, 2016

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Kay Poh Road Baptist Church Kindergarten

7 Kay Poh Road, Singapore 248963
Tel: 6238 1201
Fax: 6238 1202
Email:kprbk@kprbc.org.sg.

 Web: http://kprbc.weebly.com/kindergarten.html 

Located in the heart of Singapore, KBK is a Christian kindergarten placed right off the main street of River Valley Road. Just 10 Minutes away from Orchard Road, it is located in one of the prime districts of Singapore.

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Just like any other kindergarten, it’s facilities include a large assembly room, classrooms, play area, exercise area, dance studio and a child-friendly washroom.
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Mrs Shaunna Chew is the Principal of KBK and she is the person behind the scenes who takes care of the staff and children. With a big heart and passion for teaching children with Christian values, she is the mastermind behind the scenes.
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Josh took about two months to adjust to the new environment and to the concept of going to school. He cried the first three weeks. Then after that he didn’t cry, however, he said that he didn’t want to go to school, every day for about two months.
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After the first three months, he knew that on a school day, he would have to sleep early.

That when a specific alarm rang on my phone that it was time for him to get dressed. When another alarm rang, it was time to go to school and head out the door.

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He also knows that Fridays are “yellow shirt” days and that after a yellow shirt day, it’s the weekend.

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As much as I like KBK, I think Josh has grown to love it too. He talks about his teachers and friends when at home and during term breaks he asks when he will be going back to school. As if he was bored out of his mind and wants to go to school like NOW.

The staff and teachers are very kind at KBK. They are caring and warm spirited. They all have their hearts lead by God and treat the kids with love.

However, the facilities and classrooms are a bit out of date. By “out of date” I mean that they are not the modern chic child-friendly bathrooms you see at the newly built Montessori’s. But the facilities are kept clean and tidy at all times with the children’s safety and well-being in mind.

The “system” of the school is also a bit old school. They use paper notebooks to communicate with parents and send paper announcement letters home in the children’s bags. Most schools nowadays are all online and even have individual smartphone applications for the parents to communicate with. For example, they have an app you can download and install on your phone. You can check what your child is doing “live” via security cameras or by pictures that teachers upload onto the server day by day. Communication between teachers and parents are done through the app as well via a messenger chatting system and announcements are put on these online bulletin boards sending “push notifications” when posted. KBK doesn’t have these new technologies but that really doesn’t matter.

What matters the most is that the children who are attending this school are growing up in a loving, caring, and biblically lead environment.

Here are some of the feedback I got from parents:

– Please introduce yourself and your family.

My name is Rachel. My husband’s name is Harry and we have 2 children, Caleb who is 7 years old and Isabelle who is 4 years old.

– How did you find out about KBK and what made you register your child at this kindergarten?

We just moved here from Hawaii and have been praying for a good preschool for my little girl. We were just walking around to explore the River Valley area and we saw KBK and just walked in to inquire.
We were impressed by their devotions to Jesus and that its a Christian School. Both my kids were in a Christian school in Hawaii and we all loved it very much as well.

– On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being not satisfied and 10 being very satisfied) what score would you rate the kindergarten overall? Why?
10 – love the friendliness and very flexible teachers and staff. My girl is also enjoying herself and i can see a growth in her.

– On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being not satisfied and 10 being very satisfied) how would you rate the school’s curriculum and activities? Why?
9- I am happy that my girl is learning Mandarin and Love that they sing alot.

– On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being not satisfied and 10 being very satisfied) how satisfied are you with the staff of KBK? Why?
10- Everyone is great and caring

– If you could state 3 great things about KBK what would your top 3 be?
1- Christian School
2- I can see their passion towards the children
3- their acceptance towards differents races

– If you could state 3 things that need improvement at KBK, what would they be?
1- field trip to be more organised and making sure we are head counting every time. Preparing the kids before hand and how and where they are going and who will be their partners for that day will give them accountability.
– Would you recommend KBK to other parents who are searching for kindergartens? Why?
Yes, I would recommend to other parents because i feel my child is in a good safe environment , teaching good values.

– There might be parents out there that are having difficulty choosing a kindergarten for their child or children. Do you have any advice for them?
This school teaches good values, kindness towards the kids.
– Please state any other comments you would like to tell our readers:
We are very pleased with KBK, a very caring school.

Please introduce yourself and your family.

My name is Evangeline. We are the expat family with 2 children, we have been living in Sg for 3 years.

– How did you find out about KBK and what made you register your child at this kindergarten?

KBK is also my church. I come here every Sunday and I want my kids to learn Bible from school since youth.

– On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being not satisfied and 10 being very satisfied) what score would you rate the kindergarten overall? Why?

10. School’s direction, teachers’ quality and all arrangement are very good. The school provides happy and relaxing environment for kids to learn. My child loves and enjoys going to school every day.

– On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being not satisfied and 10 being very satisfied) how would you rate the school’s curriculum and activities? Why?

9. Almost perfect. They take care every aspect of kids’ development. One point is missing because I prefer my child to learn traditional Chinese, not Simplified.

– On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being not satisfied and 10 being very satisfied) how satisfied are you with the staff of KBK? Why?

10. Staff I in-touch with are very friendly and patient. They are also very professional and efficient to answer my enquiries.

– If you could state 3 great things about KBK what would your top 3 be?

1. Mrs Chew’s (the Principle) leadership and direction given to this kindergarten

2. Professionalism of teachers

3. Different from other school, KBK values children’s personality and discipline rather than putting too much focus on academic

– If you could state 3 things that need improvement at KBK, what would they be?

1. Introduce traditional Chinese writing to children

2. Campus is not too new (which is never a big issue for me)
3. Set up Bible study cell group or fellowship. Welcome all parents to join. Parents can get to know each other and learn gospel.

– Would you recommend KBK to other parents who are searching for kindergartens? Why?

Definitely! This is absolutely a good school, no doubt!

– There might be parents out there that are having difficulty choosing a kindergarten for their child or children. Do you have any advice for them?

2 years ago I was struggling about finding school for my kid, however I found most of them are too commercial or too overpriced. Some schools emphasis on introducing Top Universities’ teaching skill which I can not find any remarkable result, instead I believe good personality and self-discipline are more important for young children to establish. KBK is working very well on this. If you are looking for a kindergarten at River Valley, you shouldn’t miss KBK!

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My Local – Yum Cha Express via UBER EATS

September 20, 2016

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The famous Dim Sum house in Chinatown Singapore launched their express menu and delivery service. However, they charge a delivery fee and Uber Eats were having a promotion so I ordered via Uber.

Here is a view through Uber’s website . I was able to view the full menu on UBER EATS and order through them through the UBER EATS app.

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The famous Yum Cha Prawn Dumlings are $5.14 for 3 pieces.

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The good thing about ordering through Uber’s app is that you can track where the delivery person is “live”. The map shows where exactly they are and where you are located.

Our delivery order was placed at 4:50pm and the estimated delivery time was 5:30pm. It arrived at 5:25pm and we were able to eat it nice and warm!

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It comes in the bag, packed individually in containers and boxes.

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The order form was also included in the bag.

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The dim sums were placed in the paper boxes and other food in plastic containers.

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Aw~ the cute little chili sauce containers~ so cute!!!

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Ah~ my lovely pickled chilli peppers. I love Yum Cha’s pickled peppers.

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The steamed pork ribs.

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The seafood fried rice.

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Fried prawn dumplings.

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Chive dumplings and fish roe siew mai.

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Everyone’s favourite, crystal prawn dumplings.

Surprisingly, everything was very good and warm. Everyone enjoyed their food and was able to finish everything. Looks like we found a way to enjoy Yum Cha without having to take the kids to Chinatown! Enjoying this in our home was so nice and comfy! Thanks UBER!